|Birth: ||Sep. 24, 1947|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Mar. 31, 1971|
Kon Tum, Vietnam
In Memory of ...... SP5 Philip Bradford Terrill.
*** Specialist, Fifth Class Terrill was a member of Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 92nd Artillery Regiment. On March 31, 1971, he taken prisoner at fire support base Number 6 on Hill 1001 in Kontum Province, South Vietnam when it was overrun by the 66th North Vietnamese Regiment. He died in captivity. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.
You may be gone, no longer living on this earth; but you will live on - in the memories of your family and friends. There will always be a part of you living in those who knew you. You will live on because we remember you!
PHILIP BRADFORD TERRILL - Army - SP5 - E5
Date of Birth Sep 24, 1947
From: NEW HARTFORD, NY
Marital Status: Single - Parents: Father, Harold R. Terrill and Mother, , both of Bushnell, Florida. He has NO children.
His tour began on Mar 31, 1971
Casualty was on Apr 30, 1971
In KONTUM, SOUTH VIETNAM
Hostile, died captured, GROUND CASUALTY
Body was not recovered
Panel 04W - Line 98
Other Personnel In Incident: James Salley, Jr. (missing)
On 31 March 1971, SFC James Salley, Jr., was an advisor assigned to Advisory Team 22, Military Assistance Command ,Vietnam (MACV) and then SP4 Philip Bradford Terrill was a rifleman assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 92nd Artillery.
Both men were stationed at FOB 6 as part of an integrated observation support team. An ARVN camp adjacent to the American compound on Hill 1001 was where Company B of the 63rd ARVN Artillery Battery was located. The NVA determined that FOB 6 had to be annihilated in order to protect their infiltration route into this region of South Vietnam.
By 0530 hours on 31 March, FOB 6 came under siege by elements of the 66th NVA Regiment. During the fierce battle that ensued, the vastly outnumbered American and Allied forces were overrun. SFC Salley and the surviving members of Advisory Team 22 attempted to escape and evade through a dry streambed. The team ran into two NVA ambushes, and SFC Salley was separated from the rest of the team during the firefights. The remainder of the team was able to break contact and eventually reach safety.
Other Americans lost contact with SP4 Philip Bradford Terrill during the battle. After the FOB 6 was retaken, a full scale search and rescue/recovery (SAR) operation was conducted for US and Allied personnel who perished or disappeared during the fierce fighting. During the search operation, the bodies of American and ARVN soldiers were recovered and transported to the US mortuary at Dak To for identification.
However, no trace of SP4 Philip Bradford Terrill or SFC Salley could be found in or around the camp.
At the time the formal search was terminated, Philip Terrill and James Salley were listed Missing in Action.
Nothing was heard of or from either American until early April 1971 when both the National Liberation Radio and Radio Hanoi broadcasts referring to the battle for FOB 6 and the capture of an unspecified number of Americans. A Quan Doi Nhan Dan newspaper article appeared in July 1972 that also referenced this battle and the capture of American advisors followed those two broadcasts. While no names were provided in the broadcasts or article, military intelligence believed the reports correlated to James Salley and Philip Terrill. Based on the intelligence evaluation of the information presented in the communist broadcasts and article, the US Army upgraded both Philip Terrill's and James Salley's status from Missing in Action to Prisoner of War.
No additional information was provided until 27 January 1973 when the Provisional Revolutionary Government (PRG), better known as the Viet Cong, released a list containing the names of American POWs whom they reported died while under their control. The PRG list included SFC Salley as having Died in Captivity, but made no mention of SP4 Terrill. Ironically, at the same time the VC acknowledged that James Salley died while under their control, they refused to return his remains in spite of the fact they acknowledged holding him prisoner.
After Operation Homecoming, additional information was forthcoming from returned POWs. According to information provided during their debriefings, including firsthand information provided by SSgt. David Allwine, US Army, and second-hand information from several others, James Salley had been uninjured when captured. David Allwine, who had been captured nearly a month earlier on 4 March 1971, and James Salley were held together in an unknown prison camp location when SFC Salley became ill with malaria and dysentery. Guards took him to the camp's doctor who treated the American by giving him 5 injections. Shortly thereafter, James Salley was returned to the hut. Almost immediately SFC Salley passed out. The guards removed him from the hut and David Allwine never saw him again.
David Allwine was assigned to the burial detail. While the guards told him that he was to bury James Salley, he could not verify that because the body was already in the grave and partially covered with dirt. He did see a portion of the man's skin, which was that of a Negro, but did not see his face.
David Allwine never saw SP4 Philip Bradford Terrill in captivity. However, before his death, SFC Salley told David Allwine that SP4 Terrill had been wounded prior to capture. He also reported that SP4 Philip Bradford Terrill died of his wounds while being moved to the POW camp and was buried along the trail.
James Salley died under the direct control of the NVA and SP4 Philip Bradford Terrill reportedly also died under their direct control.
Philip Terrill was interned as a Prisoner of War in Southeast Asia after he was captured in South Vietnam on March 31, 1971 and was held until his death in captivity. His remains have never been recovered.
Prisoner of War Medal
Awarded posthumously for actions during the Vietnam War
Specialist Fifth Class Philip Bradford Terrill, United States Army, was held as a Prisoner of War in Southeast Asia from March 31, 1971 until his death in captivity.
Action Date: March 31, 1971
Rank: Specialist Fifth Class
Division: Prisoner of War (South Vietnam)
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